The rock band Rush was formed in Toronto, in 1968. The current lineup includes Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart. The band is particularly famous for such hits as “Closer to the Heart”, “The Spirit of Radio”, and “New World Man”. The band holds numerous awards, including several Juno awards.
Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee decided to call their band Rush in order to become part of the rock generation, represented by such bands as Who, Beatles, and Rolling Stones. Both musicians were born in Ontario, where they found a drummer John Rutsey, who used to perform cover versions to the songs by Led Zeppelin, Iron Butterfly, and Cream. Soon the band went to Toronto, where they performed at such venues as The Gasworks, The Running Pump, and Old Abbey Road Pub.
In 1973, Rush signed a contract with SRO Productions and released their first album Rush with the support from Moon Records. The LP was successful, reaching the 68th spot on Canadian Album Chart and entering Billboard 200. After some time, Rutsey left the band due to health problems. He was replaced by Neil Peart. Peart became a drummer and a songwriter.